in 1974, three years before Dilworth Plaza was completed.
Dilworth Plaza is currently a hollowed-out pit of fenced-in concrete on the west side of City Hall, but soon it should be so much more. Center City District’s plans for the new plaza are modern, chic and supposedly practical in a way that the original construction, which took more than a decade and spurned plenty of controversy, was not.
You can see an EarthCam photo of Dilworth Plaza’s progress here.
But even before Dilworth Plaza was named for the man on the left, former Mayor Richardson Dilworth, the location had served a wide range of purposes throughout the years. Until construction began earlier this year, the plaza was most recently made nationally famous as the site for Philadelphia’s Occupy Protests.
While we anticipate what the new Plaza will do for Center City, let’s take a brief photo tour of the purposes the space has served in the past.
Dilworth Plaza Photo Tour
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[…] History Blog treks through the years of Dilworth Plaza’s few iterations, providing an archival photographic essay that contextualizes what many see it as being in two years—“modern, chic and supposedly practical in a way that the original construction … was […]
the two photos from 1971 are not Dilworth plaza construction, they are the foundations of the Center square towers (where the clothespin is located).